2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

Buyers interested in a large and capable crossover SUV would really be doing themselves a favor by learning more about the latest version of the Toyota Highlander, that has arrived at the Colonial Toyota showroom. A comparison of the 2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe will be a very useful tool for people looking the crossover SUV platform that will meet their needs. For the new model year, the 2020 Highlander has been completely redesigned which includes additional cargo volume behind the third row of seats. Toyota has also equipped the 2020 version of the Highlander with its latest connectivity features.

Independent reviews have praised the 2020 Highlander for offering a quiet and predictable ride as well as for its excellent outward visibility and its powerful and efficient standard powertrain. Customers can start the pre-ordering process today by calling, 203-286-5500. 

A side-by-side comparison of the 2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2020 Toyota Highlander


2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

3.5-L, V-6 Base Engine 2.4-L, 4-Cyl.
295/263 Horsepower/Torque 185/178
5,000 lbs. Max. Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs.
84.3 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 71.3 cu.-ft.


Interior Cargo Volume, Performance Specs and Towing Capacity

Examining the 2020 Highlander and 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe from a high level will reveal several key advantages for the Toyota crossover SUV. The most important of those advantages is also the most obvious.

Owners of the 2020 Toyota Highlander will be able to accommodate more passengers and/or more cargo than its Hyundai counterpart. Every 2020 Highlander is equipped with three rows of seats that can hold seven or eight passengers, depending on which trim grade a customer takes home. Owners of the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe will only have two rows of seats to use that can only hold five passengers.  

It’s an easy logical leap to make that the 2020 Highlander is also going to have more interior cargo volume than the Santa Fe. Measuring from behind the third row toward the front, the 2020 Highlander can make 16 cubic-feet, 48.4 cubic-feet and 84.3 cubic-feet available. When passengers are sitting in the back of the 2020 Santa Fe there will be 35.9 cubic-feet left to work with and the seat can be folded down to offer 71.3 cubic-feet. 

The 2020 Toyota Highlander is powered by a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that is attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It will make 295 horsepower and can tow up to 5,000 pounds. On the other hand, the 2020 Santa Fe is equipped with either a naturally aspirated or a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Neither of them can make as much power or tow as much as the 2020 Toyota Highlander.